CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Grammar Mechanics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

If this is the original text, which option below is the correct use of the ellipsis?

He ran to the store to see if they had his favorite cereal. He read the different boxes. There were so many colors to sort through: blue boxes, red boxes, orange boxes, purple boxes, green boxes, and brown boxes.

Question 2 2. Which of the following does NOT describe a correct use of an em dash?

Question 3 3.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence.

We asked our professor when he would hand our essays back we'd turned them in a month ago but he didn't seem to remember them at all.

Question 4 4. Which of the following shows an incorrect use of a hyphen?

Question 5 5. What are the ways apostrophes are used?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following is the correct use of the apostrophe?

Question 7 7. Adjectives _____ nouns.

Question 8 8. When do you capitalize the pronoun ''I''?

Question 9 9. What is the proper way to contract the possessive form of 'it'?

Question 10 10. Which of the following demonstrates correct comma usage when separating elements in a series?

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Question 11 11. Interjections express _____ and stand alone as a part of speech.

Question 12 12. What is the significance of an Oxford comma?

Question 13 13. Which statement uses an ellipsis correctly?

Question 14 14. How would you express the plural possessive of the word 'child'?

Question 15 15. A _____ is a person, place, thing, or idea.

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Question 16 16. Is the following correct: poorly-written paper? Why or why not?

Question 17 17. Which of the following demonstrates proper capitalization?

Question 18 18. Which of the following words should be capitalized?

Question 19 19. Which title of the following novel is capitalized correctly?

Question 20 20. When quotation marks are involved, which of the following demonstrates the correct usage of a comma?

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Question 21 21. Which statement correctly uses the em dash?

Question 22 22. All of the following are reasons why it is important to know the rules for using a hyphen EXCEPT:

Question 23 23. Which of the following is NOT an example of an introductory word?

Question 24 24.

Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence.

The professor was sweet, if a little too devoted to his cats he often went off on long tangents during lectures about his feline companions past and present.

Question 25 25. Which of the following demonstrates correct comma usage with adjectives?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following sentences should have an en dash?

Question 27 27. Why is capitalization important?

Question 28 28. The purpose of a hyphen in writing is to:

Question 29 29. There are _____ parts of speech in the English language.

Question 30 30. Which of the following is the correct way to show possession with a plural noun ending in 's'?

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Grammar Mechanics Chapter Exam Instructions

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